South Weber city officials should allow resident Scott Casas to power his 24-foot-tall wind turbine sooner rather than later.
City Manager Rodger Worthen is correct that South Weber needs to produce an ordinance that governs the use of residential turbines. We trust that task will be accomplished soon.
However, in our opinion there's no harm in allowing Casas to let the turbine blades spin over his home. He should be grandfathered into the planned ordinance. After all, his turbine is far from a major energy producer. According to Casas, once the wind turbine becomes operational, it will generate roughly 1,500 watts of power. That's about enough to get a blow dryer working.
There's another reason to allow Casas to use the wind turbine. He's already paid the city $800 in fees to have the wind turbine on his property. That's a lot of money, but he's paid it and there's no compelling reason to not let him use the power. It's a shame that the blades have been tied together with bungee cord to prevent it from its purpose.
Casas should be applauded for having the initiative to create the wind power source. It's his own property and, let's not forgot, what he has done is admirable. It's difficult to imagine a scenario in which Casas would be denied by South Weber the use of the residential wind turbine. Its power is minimal, the amount of noise it generates is similar to the noise caused by a swamp cooler, and he claims that virtually all of his neighbors approve of the turbine.
Government has its proper role, which in South Weber is to craft a residential wind turbine ordinance. But while those municipal wheels grind to a final resolution, city resident Casas should be allowed to use the wind turbine for which he's already paid the city $800 in fees.